George Osborne

Blonde with a bombshell: Sasha Swire’s revelations about the Cameroons

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Ten years ago, reviewing Alastair Campbell’s diaries for The Spectator, I concluded as follows: Who will be the chroniclers of…

How it all went right: The great Brexit wound has almost healed

1 February 2020 9:00 am

The great Brexit divide seems to have mended since the election

Letters: Just how should you pronounce vermouth?

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Down to zero Sir: Paul Collier’s siren call to take advantage of near-zero interest rates to go on a massive…

George Osborne: I tried to swap jobs with William Hague

14 September 2019 9:00 am

I could be that rare thing: a former chancellor who is still a member of the Conservative party. Philip Hammond…

‘I just kept getting turned down and turned down’: Catherine Foster

From the NHS to Bayreuth: Norman Lebrecht talks to midwife-turned-opera singer Catherine Foster

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Every summer for the past six years, Bayreuth has risen to its feet to acclaim an English Brünnhilde. Catherine Foster,…

I’m the latest victim of George Osborne’s austerity

1 December 2018 9:00 am

I got the sack the other day from the London Evening Standard, where I’ve been a weekly columnist for about…

How BlackRock became a sanctuary for clean-cut bankers and dormant politicians

17 November 2018 9:00 am

A few months ago, an aggressive US pressure group called the Campaign for Accountability declared that it had a new…

George Osborne: Davos diary

27 January 2018 9:00 am

We Citizens of Nowhere have made our home in Davos this week. Where else? Those who think we’re a remote…

The universal credit crunch

28 October 2017 9:00 am

It only dawned on me in late summer just how terrible our new benefits system, universal credit, might be both…

Diary

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Next month, the Today programme marks its 60th anniversary, so I have been mugging up on the archives. If there…

Oxford’s spires mark a new beginning

Greater Oxbridge

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Oxbridge is an ivory-tower state of mind, perhaps, or at least two ancient rival universities, but how about this: in…

Diary

29 July 2017 9:00 am

As pictures go, it could be career death. An amazing young talent caught in a compromising position with two older…

Lily James as Juliet and Richard Madden as Romeo

Derek Jacobi as Mercutio is half-genius, half-prank: Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick reviewed

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Out come the stars in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet. He musters a well-drilled, celebrity-ridden crew but they can’t quite…

The EU referendum has shown us the real David Cameron

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Westminster has a tendency to get ahead of itself. MPs want to discuss the aftermath of an event long before…

Brexit, George Osborne, and the art of post-factual politics

28 May 2016 9:00 am

The Chancellor and PM are using every dirty trick in the Blairite book to win a Remain vote

Sorry, Chancellor, but the economic argument for the EU has not been won. Here’s why

21 May 2016 9:00 am

A Ryanair plane in a Stansted hangar was not the best backdrop for George Osborne’s claim that the economic argument…

Brexit is already hurting growth – and George Osborne won’t mind a bit

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Has the shadow of Brexit already cost us a slice of GDP — and if so, is it a blip…

Boris Johnson: Yes, I'd debate Cameron. I'd be a wimp if I didn't

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The former mayor of London makes his case for Brexit

Leave campaigners aren’t being disrespected. They’re being paranoid

30 April 2016 9:00 am

There are moments when one wonders whether one is seeing and hearing the same things as others. For me such…

We want an EU referendum, not a scare-story contest

23 April 2016 9:00 am

So far the campaign for the EU referendum has resembled a contest as to which side can spin the most…

David Cameron is heading for a hollow victory in the EU referendum

23 April 2016 9:00 am

‘Nothing except a battle lost can be half as melancholy as a battle won,’ wrote the Duke of Wellington after…

Iain Duncan Smith on how to save Conservatism

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Iain Duncan Smith on the fallout from his shock resignation

Tax avoidance and the wisdom of pitchfork-waving crowds

16 April 2016 9:00 am

In a way the headline to my fellow columnist Dominic Lawson’s Sunday Times commentary on 12 April said it all.…

Sex, lies, dominatrixes and tax returns - the sorry state of British scandal

16 April 2016 9:00 am

The confected scandal around the Panama papers is part of a concerted and sinister attempt to change what counts as private

Hate tax havens? Try imagining a world without them

9 April 2016 9:00 am

However wicked tax evasion is and however distasteful some tax avoidance may be, people should imagine a world without tax…